EPD: Victim dies after driver high on meth crashes into vehicle


Update (2:57 p.m.)

The Vanderburgh County Coroner’s Office has identified the victim in a deadly crash on North First Avenue in Evansville.

The victim has been identified as 72-year-old Darla J. Smith, of Evansville. Police say Smith was taken to an area hospital, where she later died.

Smith owned Daily’s Bakery on North Main Street in Evansville for nearly 40 years.

EPD says William Buckman was high on meth and pot when he crashed into Smith’s vehicle. Buckman remains in the hospital with serious, but non-life threatening injuries.

Buckman will face charges in connection to the crash once he is released.

We will continue to update information as it becomes available.

Update (2:45 p.m.)

Evansville Police say an impaired driver caused a fatal accident on North First Avenue. It happened Tuesday morning around 9:45 on North First Avenue, near Diamond Avenue.

Police say William Buckman, 54, was impaired when he drove northbound into the southbound lanes of North First Avenue and collided with another driver, who was pushed back into two other vehicles.

The victim suffered life threatening injuries, but later died at a hospital.

Buckman was taken to a local hospital, where police say he tested positive for Meth and THC. He remains hospitalized with serious, but non-life-threatening injuries.

He will face charges related to the crash once he is released.

The victim’s identity has not been released at this time.

We will continue to update information as it becomes available.


Original story

Northbound First Ave. was closed for part of Tuesday morning between Diamond and Colorado due to a crash.

Police said the road opened northbound around 9:45 a.m. The southbound lanes are still closed.

Multiple ambulances were called to the scene.

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(This story was originally published on February 12, 2019)

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